Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ)

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Refugees

  • Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons in Israel are one of the largest displaced populations in the world today. Approximately one in three refugees worldwide is Palestinian.
  • In 1948, some 750.000 (85%) of the Palestinians living in the area that is now known as the state of Israel, became refugees.
  • More than 500 Palestinian villages (approximately 75% of the total number of villages and towns) were depopulated and later destroyed to prevent the return of the refugees.
  • Israeli historian Ilan Pappe wrote ‘The ethnic cleansing of Palestine’ based on documents and archives released by Israeli authorities and the Israeli army.
  • Pappe proves in his book that the destruction of Palestinian villages and the eviction of its inhabitants was not the result of hostilities, but premeditated and carefully planned.
  • During the June war of 1967 another 280,000 to 325,000 (35%) Palestinians were expelled from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
  • The United Nations relief and Work Agency UNRWA provide assistance, protection and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees in Across Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank since 1950.
  • The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict.